News from September 2010

Ariz. SC strikes down secret ballot measure

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 3, 2010

Pelander PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) - Arizona's Supreme Court recently ruled a controversial ballot measure, backed by the state's Legislature and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, was unconstitutional in its original form.

Brown releases first TV ad

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 7, 2010

Brown SACRAMENTO (Legal Newsline) - In an e-mail to supporters on Monday, California Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown announced the launching of his campaign's first television ad.

Wis. AG reaches settlement with loan modification company

By Keith Loria | Sep 7, 2010

Van Hollen MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen obtained a default judgment on Thursday against a loan modification company that allegedly misrepresented itself in foreclosure rescues services.

Coakley settles with college over lender issue

By Keith Loria | Sep 7, 2010

Coakley BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced on Thursday that she has reached a $191,000 settlement with a college that allegedly misrepresented to students that they could only borrow money from one lender.

Craigslist removes adult services section

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 7, 2010

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says he wants proof that Craigslist has done away with its adult services section for good.

Abbott investigating Google

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 7, 2010

Abbott SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Google's methods for recommending websites are being reviewed by Texas' attorney general in an investigation spurred by complaints that the company has abused its power as the Internet's most dominant search engine.

SUNY takes Cuomo's advice

By Keith Loria | Sep 7, 2010

Cuomo OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that he all 64 State University of New York campuses will adopt his plan aimed at safeguarding students from deceptive credit card marketing companies.

Virginia, feds make cases in health care reform challenge

By John O'Brien | Sep 7, 2010

Cuccinelli RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) - Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is calling the federal government's defense of its decision to require citizens to purchase health insurance or face a financial penalty "strange and awkward."

Rand Paul's lead over AG Conway growing

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 7, 2010

Conway FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - Republican candidate Rand Paul has increased his lead over Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway in the race for the state's open U.S. Senate seat, according to recent poll results.

Harris makes issue of Cooley's campaign donors

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 8, 2010

Harris SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Democratic candidate for California attorney general Kamala Harris is calling for "immediate action" following revelations that her opponent has accepted campaign contributions from those he's currently investigating.

Medicaid providers challenge Ohio campaign contributions law

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 8, 2010

Brunner CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - A group of Ohio doctors are suing Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner for their right to make campaign contributions to candidates running for Ohio Attorney General and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor.

Columnist: Sex crimes harder to solve, thanks to AGs

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 8, 2010

Blumenthal NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Craigslist's elimination of its classified sex ads will make it harder for law enforcement to investigate crimes of prostitution and child trafficking -- which officials say the website enabled -- argues one national magazine columnist.

Mo. SC won't order arbitration in class action suit

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 8, 2010

Teitelman ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) - The Missouri Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court ruling that denied a motion to compel arbitration in a class action lawsuit against a Honda automobile dealership.

Koster sues satellite radio provider

By Keith Loria | Sep 9, 2010

Koster JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against Sirius XM Radio over allegations that it violated the state's no-call laws, his office announced on Wednesday.

Zoeller will chair NAAG's consumer protection committee

By Keith Loria | Sep 9, 2010

Zoeller INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced on Wednesday that he will co-chair the National Association of Attorneys General Consumer Protection Committee, which focuses on combating consumer financial fraud.

Former candidate endorses Whitman for Calif. gov

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 9, 2010

Whitman SACRAMENTO (Legal Newsline) - The candidate Meg Whitman defeated in the California Republican gubernatorial primary earlier this year is now endorsing her.

Hood, State Farm settlement includes venue stipulation

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 9, 2010

Hood HATTIESBURG, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood will now have to get the approval of a federal court if he ever decides to bring Hurricane Katrina-related claims against State Farm Insurance Cos. again.

Publishers Clearing House reaches $3.5M settlement

By Keith Loria | Sep 9, 2010

Suthers DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced on Thursday that his state will receive $320,000 as part of a $3.5 million multistate settlement with Publishers Clearing House for allegedly violating a 2001 consent decree.

JPMorgan Chase settles N.J.'s ARS lawsuit

By Keith Loria | Sep 9, 2010

Dow NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow announced on Thursday that she has issued a final consent order against JPMorgan Chase & Co.

King, BP meet to discuss lawsuit

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 9, 2010

King BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - Alabama Attorney General Troy King and members of his staff met on Wednesday with lawyers for oil giant BP in what was described as an "introductory meeting."

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